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The Nat Turner Tour relives the history and traces the route that

the Turner Rebellion carved out. We will see the church where

Nat Turner was allowed to preach outside and where he had a vision.



Nat Turner Tour 2012

Saturday August 18, 2012

Sponsored by Soul School Institute

P.O. Box 1872 / Baltimore MD 21203-1872




The Nat Turner Rebellion

Travel back in time. It is August 21, 1831 in the county of Southampton, Virginia. The bloodiest and most successful slave revolt in American history is underway. This is the Nat Turner Rebellion. Nat Turner was an enslaved African determined not to be a slave anymore. On this night, he and his band of brothers would march from plantation to plantation hacking their way to freedom.

Nat Turner showed no mercy, remorse, or sympathy. He and his fellow liberators would cut down anyone who stood in their way. Nat Turner's plan was to free enough of his enslaved brothers and sisters to form an army (Black Liberation Army) powerful enough to free all slaves.

The Nat Turner Tour relives the history and traces the route that the Turner Rebellion carved out. We will see the church where Nat Turner was allowed to preach outside and where he had a vision. We will see the rebuilt jail and courthouse where Nat Turner was held and tried. Finally, we will observe the fence where the heads of our rebellious ancestors were impaled as warnings.

Tickets are available at the following locations:

Conscious Heads Barbershop

215 E. 25th Street


Everyone's Place

1356 W. North Ave.


Expressions Cultural Ctr.

222 N. Paca St.


Soul School Institute



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photos: left, road sign; right, Hebron Baptist church

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$80 per ticket

Round trip

transportation to

Southampton, Virginia


Onboard films

Nat Turner Teeshirt

Tour of plantation sites

Educational Packet

Rest Stop Onboard refreshments

Soul School Institute

P.O. Box 1872

Baltimore, MD


The Nat Turner Tour 2012

Saturday August 18, 2012

Registration Form









On August 21, 1831, an enslaved Black man, Nat Turner led the most spectacular slave uprising in American history. His bold attempt has come to be known as the Nat Turner Rebellion.

Nat Turner's Rebellion was the most successful of many slave uprisings. His revelation that freedom could only be gained through armed struggle was a prelude and prophecy to the Civil War.

Join the Soul School Institute as we tour the battle sites in Southampton, Virginia and honor the legacy that Nat Turner left us.

This registration form does not obligate you to attend the Tour, but a seat on the bus can be reserved for you with a down-payment of $20. The entire Nat Turner Tour cost $80 which includes: transportation, the tour, food, teeshirt, and onboard films.

For more information and to set-up a payment plan, please call Brother Omawali Ali at (443) 708-4801 or call the Soul School Institute (420) 385-9532. You may also e-mail us at (put "Nat Turner Tour" in subject field).

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Books on Nathaniel Turner  (1800-1831)

     The Manichean Leitmotif by Arthur Graham

    Nat Turner A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory by Kenneth Greenberg

     Nat Turner Before the Bar of Judgment by Mary Kemp Davis

     Nat Turner's Tragic Search  by Catherine Hermary-Vielle

     The Rebellious Slave Nat Turner in American Memory by Scot French

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Nathaniel Turner TimeLine  / 1831 Confessions     /  Sonnets in Memory of Nathaniel Turner (Rudolph Lewis)

Nathaniel Turner: Christian Martyrdom in Southampton: A Theology of Black Liberation (Rudolph Lewis)

Nat Turner in History's Multiple Mirrors  (Felecia R. Lee, NYTimes)  /  Hatcher Plans to Exhibit Turner Skull


Insurrection Of The Blacks Niles’ Register  Sept. 3 1831  Sept. 10, 1831  Sept 17, 1831

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Olugbala Passes at 81 Years Old

The Soul School Institute sadly reports the death of its most senior member, Brother Balogun K. Olugbala. Brother Olugbala, born 28 August 1931 in Tampa, Florida, transitioned to an ancestor on Friday August 31 at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He was 81 years old and in failing health. 

Brother Olugbala was a long distance fighter for African people. Starting out as a Civil Rights activist with Target City; a national civil rights project sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.) 1966-1968, Olugbala was a founding member of S.O.U.L. (Society of United Liberators) School in March 1968. In April 1968, he was present in Detroit, Michigan at the founding conference of the Republic of New Africa. Brother Olugbala worked diligently to help establish the first Black United Front in Baltimore and was there when the 1st Black Panther Chapter was also started in Baltimore. Olugbala was a charter member of Division #460 of the Universal Negro Improvement Association/African Communities League (U.N.I.A/A.C.L). Brother Balogun K. Olugbala last served his race as Chairman of the Soul School Institute.  

Joseph H. Brown, Jr. Funeral Home /2140 N. Fulton Ave. Baltimore, MD 21217 / (410) 383-2700

Friday Sept. 14, 2012—Wake 12 noon / Funeral 12:30 p.m. // Thursday Sept. 13, 2012—Public Viewing 2-8 p.m

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Nat Turner Before the Bar of Judgment

Fictional Treatments of the Southampton Insurrection

By Mary Kemp Davis  

This Virginia rebel, she argues, has been re-arraigned, retried, and re-sentenced repeatedly during the last century and a half as writers have grappled with the social and moral issues raised by his infamous 1831 revolt. Though usually lacking a literal, the novels Davis examines all have the theme of judgment at their center, and she ingeniously unravels the "verdict" each author extracts from or her plot. Davis begins by dismantling the historical scaffolding that surrounds her subject. She decodes Virginia governor John Floyd's "official' assessment of the revolt, which, she says, exemplifies the dialogism between the earlier texts about the rebellion and the incipient novel tradition. She also considers three classes of documents that triangulate the trial trope: court records, selected newspaper accounts, and Thomas Gray's seminal work, The Confessions of Nat Turner (1831).

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The Rebellious Slave

Nat Turner in American Memory

By Scot French

“Nat Turner was neither the first nor the last American slave to rise in arms against his oppressors,” French writes. “Yet he stands alone in American culture as the epitome of the rebellious slave, a black man whose words and deeds challenged the white slaveholding South and awakened a slumbering nation. A maker of history in his own day, Turner has been made to serve the most pressing needs of every generation since. In remembering Nat Turner, Americans must boldly confront--or deftly evade, at their peril--the intertwined legacies of slavery and racism in a nation founded on revolutionary ideals of freedom and equality.”

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Nat Turner

 A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory

Edited by Kenneth S. Greenberg

In Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory, Kenneth S. Greenberg gathers twelve distinguished scholars to offer provocative new insight into the man, his rebellion, and his time, and place in history. The historians here explore Turner's slave community, discussing the support for his uprising as well as the religious and literary context of his movement. They examine the place of women in his insurrection, and its far-reaching consequences (including an extraordinary 1832 Virginia debate about ridding the state of slavery). Here are discussions of Turner's religious visionsthe instructions he received from God to kill all of his white oppressors. Louis Masur places him against the backdrop of the nation's sectional crisis, and Douglas Egerton puts his revolt in the context of rebellions across the Americas.

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